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      01-13-2013, 06:43 AM   #23
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Fuel economy is poor in the single turbo A7 so must be miserable in the bi turbo! I know it is a 6 pot diesel but BMW manage to get 10mpg more out of a comparable engine?
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Not so sure.

My A7 is giving better economy that the 335D ever did (see the Fuelly link in my signature for the real world numbers) with high 30s on a 10,000 mile average

Oddly however the Bi Turbo looks almost identical "on paper" to the single turbo.

Of course all of this depends on how you drive and where you drive
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      01-13-2013, 10:16 AM   #24
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Hi Guys, Thanks for all your help, especially Andrew with his Pm/post.

I ended up doing a deal today with..... BMW

Ordered a fully loaded M135i 5-door white with red, arriving mid March.

Fell in love with the car after taking it for a test drive.

Already thinking of some mods.. BBS LM's, Performance Exhaust and a remap (after 1000 miles of course)
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Congratulations, if i didnt need more space one of these would be an easy buy. Power, weight, chassis is a winning combo.
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Hi Guys, Thanks for all your help, especially Andrew with his Pm/post.

I ended up doing a deal today with..... BMW

Ordered a fully loaded M135i 5-door white with red, arriving mid March.

Fell in love with the car after taking it for a test drive.

Already thinking of some mods.. BBS LM's, Performance Exhaust and a remap (after 1000 miles of course)
Now that is a very different car from the list you started out with.

I know a few people who have bought one of these this year and they all love them. Indeed one of the girls in the office has white with red and it looks stunning.

Lots and lots of fun

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      01-13-2013, 10:57 AM   #27
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Now that is a very different car from the list you started out with.

I know a few people who have bought one of these this year and they all love them. Indeed one of the girls in the office has white with red and it looks stunning.

Lots and lots of fun

Enjoy
Tell me about it mate, complete change, I was so close to placing an order on A7 bitdi but when i thought about it, i could not be dealing with the big depreciation plus it was a 60k car! Also I my wife already has a X6 so i thought why do i need 2 big cars. Plus this M135i will fit in my garage

So now ive saved nearly 30k and will prob have more fun tho still love the A7 and will prob change the X6 and get one next year.
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      01-13-2013, 11:03 AM   #28
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Looks fantastic, congrats Marlie, the new 1 series is so much better than the last one, and that looks a peach.
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That's a great car Marlie, and a million times more fun than the dull dull dull A7.
I had one on a 24 hr test drive last week and also fell in love with it. In fact it made me realise that I DID still enjoy driving! The spitting and popping exhaust was addictive and the auto box felt as good as a DCT/DSG.

Look forward to hearing your views when you get it and especially when you change the rims! It will almost certainly be my next car. Want one now but Audi want 55% of remaining lease payment to chuck it back early so just gonna have to live with it for another year.

Mark, not sure how you get high 30's out of it, you must drive like miss Daisy lol. Personally can't wait to get rid of it! Maybe revisit the luxury barge idea when in my mid 50's
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Hi Guys, Thanks for all your help, especially Andrew with his Pm/post.

I ended up doing a deal today with..... BMW

Ordered a fully loaded M135i 5-door white with red, arriving mid March.

Fell in love with the car after taking it for a test drive.

Already thinking of some mods.. BBS LM's, Performance Exhaust and a remap (after 1000 miles of course)
Impressive stuff Marlie,more so because it only took 5 days to remember that you are in fact only 27 yrs of age

Looking forward to seeing the new car complete with the list from your last sentence
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Hi Paul

You must be half way through your lease by now, how about handing it back? You have the cc for long slogs still? I bet the 996 is not far off your supposed economical a7

What's next for you?
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Watched the eCoTY DVD and it was the first time i'd even registered the M135i

Great choice and with the 8speed gearbox (assuming it's similar to what i have in X5) it'll be a lot of fun to live with day to day.

Enjoy
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Nice choice of car, I had one in front of me the other day and it was very quick.. I was in the x6 otherwise I would have had a little play :-)

I think this is the gearbox I have in the x6, I am shocked how fast it changes in manual mode. It like having dct/pdk
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Lovely colour combination.
I test drove one with standard suspension and thought it a little harsh and non compliant.

The Adaptive suspension is THE option to tick if you havent already.
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Nice choice and nice car Marlie.....and you made the right choice! Stepping back form that Audi deal was the only thing to do as you'd probably have made the wrong decision!
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Thanks Guys, I am really excited, it will be nice to get back into something quick. Sold my 335i a couple of years back and have missed the need for speed

Have been told that tuners are finding it hard to crack the ECU, hopefully a remap will be available soon. its a shame this car never went to America because there would of been so many more aftermarket parts available
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You must be half way through your lease by now, how about handing it back? You have the cc for long slogs still? I bet the 996 is not far off your supposed economical a7

What's next for you?
Have asked about handing it back, the very same day I handed the keys to the M135i back, made me realise how much fun a car can be. Made me smile like the M3 used to.

They want 55% of all remaining payments so not an option, final payment will be start of December so will be planning its replacement to be an early Xmas present!

The 996 does mid 20's so not far off the A7....that's driving both cars similarly. No doubt the Porsche would drop far lower than that driven hard but like for like driving, the oil burner should be all over it like a tramp on chips.

Will almost certainly be an M135i with all the bells and whistles. Love em!

(That's unless the M5's are still on the mega cheap lease deals and then that might just chuck a spanner in the works! Head will say no but heart will say yes!)
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Thanks Guys, I am really excited, it will be nice to get back into something quick. Sold my 335i a couple of years back and have missed the need for speed

Have been told that tuners are finding it hard to crack the ECU, hopefully a remap will be available soon. its a shame this car never went to America because there would of been so many more aftermarket parts available
Can't wait to see it matey. Not seen one with different wheels yet (except for Tim's winter wheels), would be nice to see one on 19" Alufelgens. Oh, here we go again.....
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All this talk of M135i arrrrgghhhh stop it!!!!!!!


Sounds a cracker.
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Nice choice, and not EB!
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I agree. White with coral red may well be the second most popular colour combo but it is by far the best choice
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